Election season started with a bang this week, with two selectmen pulling papers for reelection and half a dozen more candidates for other offices picking up papers, as well.
Selectmen chairwoman Sarah MacDonald and Selectman Paul Reynolds stopped at the Town Clerk’s office on Wednesday to get the necessary papers to run for reelection for second terms.
Sabino “Sam” Celata, a perennial candidate, also took out papers for selectman, said Town Clerk Paul Munchbach. There are two selectmen slots on the April 9 ballot.
PTO activist Susan Butler Walko and Recreation Commissioner John Maida pulled papers to run for the two seats on the School Committee. Chairman Thomas Ryan and member Tracy Driscoll currently hold the two seats that are up this election.
James O’Brien pulled papers to run for reelection to the Planning Board.
Charles DelloIacono is running for a three-year spot on the Parks and Recreation Commission. A former commissioner whose brother is a selectman, he lost to Maida two years ago.
Parks and Recreation Commissioner James Maher pulled papers for reelection to a three-year slot. Commissioner Donald Reisner is opting for the one-year opening.
Brad Bauer, who was appointed by selectmen last month to fill an unexpected opening on the Library Board of Trustees, pulled papers for a full term on the board.
Candidates have until Feb. 17 to pick up papers and until Feb. 21 to return them with 50 certified signatures, Munchbach said.
New candidates for Town Meeting must submit 10 signatures from their precincts; candidates for reelection need to sign a letter of intent, he said.
The last day to withdraw from a race is March 9. The town election will be held April 9 and Town Meeting is scheduled for May 16.
The Town Clerk’s website is updating the list of candidates daily, Munchbach said, and can be viewed at http://www.dedham-ma.gov/index.cfm?pid=19330.
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